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'Bye, bye UPSC': Rahul Gandhi raises questions over PMO's proposal for change in civil services cadre allocation

In his tweet targeting the Modi government, Rahul Gandhi claimed that the future of civil services aspirants was in danger as the RSS wants to 'manipulate' the system of cadre allocation.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: May 22, 2018 14:01 IST ]

Congress president Rahul Gandhi

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday raised questions over the Prime Minister Office's proposal for a change in allotment of cadre to civil services qualifiers. In his tweet targeting the Modi government, Rahul Gandhi claimed that the future of civil services aspirants was in danger as the RSS wants to 'manipulate' the system of cadre allocation.

"Rise up students, your future is at risk! RSS wants what’s rightfully yours. The letter below reveals the PM’s plan to appoint officers of RSS’s choice into the Central Services, by manipulating the merit list using subjective criteria, instead of exam rankings," Gandhi tweeted along with a letter issued by a Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training.

The letter dated May 17, 2018, asks the concerned authorities to examine if civil services allocation of successful candidates can be done after the completion of Union Public Service Commission foundation course.

"The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has desired to consider the following suggestion and necessary action on it for its implementation from the current year itself:- to examine if service allocation/cadre allocation to probationers selected on the basis of Civil Services Examination be made after Foundation Course," the letter issued by Vijoy Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary (Admin), Department of Personnel and Training states.

"Examine the feasibility of giving due weightage to the performance in the Foundation Course and making service allocation as well as cadre allocation to All India Service Officers, based on the combined score obtained in the Civil Services Examination and the Foundation Course," the letter adds.

The Congress had on Monday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "main objective is to destroy institutions" as it opposed the proposed changes in the civil services allocation.

It also took a swipe at the ruling NDA, saying it should be renamed as NPA due to piling bad loans under its government.

The central government is considering a major change in the allocation of services to successful candidates of civil services examination.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has asked the department concerned to examine if the services can be allocated after the completion of foundation course, according to an official communique.

The duration of foundation course for officers of almost all the services is three months.

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